Chaplain Under Investigation Over Facebook Comment Objecting to Lifting Ban on ‘Transgenders’ in Military




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FORT HOOD, Texas — An Army chaplain in Texas is under investigation after he posted a comment on social media opposing Biden’s order to lift the ban on transgenders in the military.

“How is rejecting reality (biology) not evidence that a person is mentally unfit (ill), and thus making that person unqualified to serve?” Maj. Andrew Calvert wrote under the article, posted to Facebook last week.

“There is little difference in this than over those who believe and argue for a ‘flat earth,’ despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary,” he said. “The motivation is different, but the argument is the same. This person is a MedBoard for mental wellness waiting to happen. What a waste of military resources and funding!”

The article had mentioned the support of new Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin, who said during a hearing, “If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve.”

As previously reported, Biden lifted the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service in the military last Monday, allowing men who identify as women and vice versa to serve in the nation’s Armed Forces if they are otherwise qualified.

“[W]hat I’m doing is enabling all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform, and essentially restoring the situation as it existed before, with transgender personnel, if qualified in every other way, can serve their government in the United States military,” he said moments prior to signing an executive order.

Calvert, a unit chaplain with the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade, commented on the matter under the Army Times report, stating that he feels those who struggle with their gender are mentally ill and therefore not qualified to serve.

One lashed out against him, “You’re a chaplain in the Army, charged with the nurture of the living, care for the wounded and honor of the fallen. To have extremist views against a group of people, especially voiced in public on social media, is deplorable and disgusting. I feel awful for the soldiers and families you are entrusted to provide counseling and mentorship to. You should be ashamed.”

The Brigade has now confirmed that Calvert’s comment is under investigation. It posted to social media on Tuesday, “Always remember to ‘Think, Type, Post’ when it comes to engaging in conversation on social media platforms. We are soldiers 24/7 and that means always treating people with dignity and respect.”

“We are aware of the recent comments posted to the Army Times Facebook in regard to the ban being removed on transgender service members. This incident is under investigation,” it advised.

“The Security Force Assistance Command Enterprise fully supports the Commander in Chief, Secretary of Defense and all DoD policies. The United States Army has a strict standard against any form of discrimination based on gender identity.”

Some defended Calvert.

“Disagreeing about whether a particular lifestyle is healthy doesn’t mean we’re not treating people with dignity and respect or that we’re being hateful,” one commenter wrote. “The incident shouldn’t be under investigation. The man is a chaplain. His first allegiance is to what God taught, and he has a 1st Amendment right to voice his opinion.”

“Saying something that goes against currently popular PC speech is not automatically hateful. The PC police are willing to punish those of us who don’t agree with their agenda. That’s not American or Christian. Don’t let them shame you into submitting to their will.”

“Hey SFAC how about not telling us soldiers what to believe or what to say on social media,” another remarked. “You must have a tremendous amount of free time to waste it harassing a chaplain or anyone else that doesn’t agree with whatever ideology our current commander decides to propose.”

BARBARA LOE FISHER: Vaccination and Censorship~The Truth Will Set Us Free

The co-founder and president of the 39-year old non-profit charity National Vaccine Information Center founded announces the opening of the October 2020 Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination: Protecting Health and Autonomy in the 21st Century for free viewing online. She responds to the publishing of false and misleading information about the conference, which features video presentations by 51 speakers from the US and other countries. The written commentary is anchored with more than 90 references and can be read at


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On December 22, 2020, a non-profit limited company based in Great Britain that calls itself the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) published a report entitled The Anti-Vaxx Playbook. It contains false and misleading information about the Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination, which was sponsored by the 39-year old U.S. non-profit educational charity the National Vaccine Information Center, and held online in October 2020. Promotion of the CCDH report resulted in the spreading of fake news and misinformation by mainline media outlets in Great Britain and the U.S.
NVIC’s pay-for-view digital conference was transparently open to the public and featured presentations by 51 speakers from the U.S. and other countries discussing vaccine science, public health policy and law, informed consent and civil liberties. Dedicated to “Protecting Health and Autonomy in the 21st Century,” the conference was made available on Feb. 2, 2021 for free viewing online.
Read the rest of this referenced commentary, watch the video or make a comment here.
Read NVIC’s Feb. 2, 2021 press release here.


High-Powered Lawyers Join Trump Impeachment Defense Team

Veteran Trial Lawyers Join Trump's Impeachment Trial Defense Team



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On Sunday, hours after the news first broke that former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial defense team had left him high and dry, Trump announced that two veteran trial lawyers had stepped up to the plate.

David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor, Jr. will lead Trump’s defense team. The former president announced that “Schoen has already been working with the 45th President and other advisors to prepare for the upcoming trial, and both Schoen and Castor agree that this impeachment is unconstitutional – a fact 45 Senators voted in agreement with last week.”

“It is an honor to represent the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, and the United States Constitution,” Schoen said in a statement.

“I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President. The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always,” Castor added.

Schoen’s litigation has resulted in reform to prisons, jails, public education, foster care, defense of the indigent, and various institutions in the South. In 1995, the American Bar Association honored his work with the National Pro Bono Publico Award. More recently, Schoen represented victims of terrorism under the Anti-Terrorism Act, traveling overseas to take depositions from terrorists. He currently focuses on civil rights litigation in Alabama and federal criminal defense work in New York.

Schoen serves as the chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee. He holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School and has taught at Seton Hall Law School.

Bruce Castor served as district attorney of Montgomery County, Pa., from 2000 to 2008, commissioner of Montgomery County, solicitor general of Pennsylvania, and acting attorney general of Pennsylvania. The National Association of Government Attorneys gave him the Trial Advocacy Award in 1995, honoring his work investigating and prosecuting homicides.

Democrats Move to Impeach Trump for ‘Incitement of Insurrection’

Castor was inducted into the Pennsylvania Police Hall of Fame in 2007, among other honors. Castor earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University and received advanced education from the National College of District Attorneys and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

House Democrats — and 10 Republicans — voted to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” regarding the Capitol riot on January 6. While the president’s legal team has a short time to prepare, it seems Schoen has focused on the claim that it is unconstitutional to try an impeachment in the Senate after a president has left office.

The former president has many legal avenues for defense. His legal team may argue that the president never encouraged his supporters to engage in violent acts against the Capitol. The team may also point to Trump’s repeated calls for peace during the attack. Legally, “incitement” only involves direct calls to violence, due to the wide range of speech protected under the First Amendment.

As for “insurrection,” Democrats have argued that the Black Lives Matter and antifa riots over the summer of 2020 did not fit the legal definition of “insurrection.” Declaring the Capitol riot an “insurrection” would suggest the unrest of the summer also fits that definition.

Yet it seems Democrats chose the term “insurrection” in order to wield impeachment as a congressional declaration that January 6 was an insurrection under the terms of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which disqualifies anyone who supported an insurrection from holding public office in the United States. This provision barred former officials of the Confederacy from serving in the federal government, but Democrats seem primed to use the impeachment as an excuse to try to oust any Republicans who supported Trump’s challenge of the 2020 election.

Finally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) timing of impeachment proved suspect. After delaying a few days after the Capitol riot, Pelosi rushed the impeachment through the House — without a special counsel or any other kind of investigation and with very little debate — because waiting to hand the article of impeachment over to the Senate until Joe Biden had already become president.

Pelosi claimed that Congress needed to oust Trump immediately after the Capitol riot, yet she also waited days before rushing the impeachment, and she delayed the transmission of the article to the Senate.

Impeachment is a political process, not a legal one, but each of these factors undermines the Democrats’ case. It is extremely unlikely that enough Senate Republicans vote to convict and remove Trump, but the former president’s legal team still needs to make a powerful defense.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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